International research

Thousands of scientific investigations have been conducted into yoga and meditation and the quantifiable benefits they bring to the body and soul over the past century.


All round the world, intensive research is being carried out into yoga and its psychological and physical effects.


The PubMed (The National Library of Medicine, Washington, USA) database contains thousands of research reports from all parts of the world that show, in different ways and in different contexts, the quantifiable benefits of yoga and meditation.


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At PubMed you can find hundreds of summaries of various international yogic studies, collated under different headings.


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(December 8, 2002)
Summary: J Altern Complement Med. 2002 Dec;8(6):797-812. National Center for Environmental Assessment, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711, USA. Yoga has become increasingly popular in Western cultures as a means of exercise and fitness training; however, it is still depicted as trendy as evidenced by an April 2001 Time magazine cover story on “The Power of […]
Categories: General
(August 18, 2002)
Summary: Altern Ther Health Med 2002 Jul-Aug;8(4):64-6, 68-70, 72-3 University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, USA. CONTEXT: Many epidemiological studies indicate that spirituality or religion are positively correlated with health measures, but research is needed on interventions that change spirituality to verify that it actually affects health and to justify suggestions that changes in spiritual practices or […]
Categories: Heart
(June 18, 2002)
Summary: Jpn J Physiol 2002 Jun;52(3):313-6 Research Center of Health, Physical Fitness and Sports, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8601, Japan. Click here to send e-mail E-mail addressYour nameMessageThis field should not visible SubmitClear The ventilatory response to hypercapnia and arterial blood gases during ujjai respiration of once per minute for an hour were determined in a professional […]
Categories: Heart
(May 18, 2002)
Summary: J Assoc Physicians India 2002 May;50(5):633-40 Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Medical Division Mumbai. AIMS OF STUDY: To study effect of yoga on the physiological, psychological well being, psychomotor parameter and modifying cardiovascular risk factors in mild to moderate hypertensive patients. METHODS: Twenty patients (16 males, 4 females) in the age group of 35 to 55 […]
Categories: Heart
(April 18, 2002)
Summary: Brain Res Cogn Brain Res 2002 Apr;13(2):255-9 John F. Kennedy Institute, Gl. Landevej 7, 2600, Glostrup, Denmark This is the first in vivo demonstration of an association between endogenous neurotransmitter release and conscious experience. Using 11C-raclopride PET we demonstrated increased endogenous dopamine release in the ventral striatum during Yoga Nidra meditation. Yoga Nidra is characterized […]
Categories: Brain
(March 19, 2002)
Summary: Work 2002;19(1):3-7 In-Alignment, Inc., 1450 Catherine Drive, Berkeley, CA 94702, USA. Tel.: +1 510 558 0400; E-mail: Click here to send e-mail E-mail addressYour nameMessageThis field should not visible SubmitClear At work employees face numerous psychological stressors that can undermine their work performance. These stressors, stemming from a variety of possible causes, have enormous health […]
Categories: Stress
(March 18, 2002)
Summary: J Indian Med Assoc 2002 Mar;100(3):178-80 Department of Medicine, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad. India has the largest diabetic population in the world. Change in eating habits, increasing weight and decreased physical activity are major factors leading to increased incidence of type 2 diabetes. Obesity is the most important modifiable risk factor. Smoking is an independent […]
Categories: Gland
(February 19, 2002)
Summary: Altern Ther Health Med 2002 Jan-Feb;8(1):60-2, 64-6 Haight-Ashbury Free Medical Clinic and the Department of Public Health in San Francisco, Calif, USA. Click here to send e-mail E-mail addressYour nameMessageThis field should not visible SubmitClear CONTEXT: Research on mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) has focused on measuring symptom reduction in middle-class and working-class populations. The present […]
Categories: Stress
(December 18, 2001)
Summary: BMJ 2001 Dec 22-29;323(7327):1446-9 Dipartimento di Medicina Interna, University of Pavia, 27100 Pavia, Italy. OBJECTIVE: To test whether rhythmic formulas such as the rosary and yoga mantras can synchronise and reinforce inherent cardiovascular rhythms and modify baroreflex sensitivity. DESIGN: Comparison of effects of recitation of the Ave Maria (in Latin) or of a mantra, during […]
Categories: Heart
(December 18, 2001)
Summary: Indian J Med Res 2001 Dec;114:215-21 Exercise Physiology Laboratory, Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences, Lucknow Road, Timarpur, Delhi 110054, India. BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Reports on the effect of yogic exercises on aerobic capacity are few. There is also no literature available on the effect of yogic exercise on perceived exertion (PE) after maximal […]
Categories: Breathing